Utility Apps

Smart tools to improve the convenience and performance of your smartphones and tablets.

  • Swiftkey X (Android): A keyboard that looks like you

Here is one of the best virtual keyboards for smartphones or tablets on Android. Its predictive input is based on the content of your emails, social media, and text messages to complete what you write. The more you use it, the better it knows you, and the faster it speeds up your input! Swiftkey X knows how to manage three languages simultaneously among the 35 available, which facilitates, for example, the use of English terms in your communications. You also have the choice of a “”fast”” mode if you want it just to correct your typos. Several themes are available, and he accepts the text entry by sliding his finger (but this is not his strong point). Note that in the tablet version, in landscape mode, the keyboard can be split in two, which is particularly ergonomic for a fast typing with the thumbs.

  • Pocket (iOS, Android, Web): enjoy the Web at your own pace

Pocket, the new name of Read it later, is both a Web service and an application that allows you to save articles, videos or images so that you can consult offline. The backup is done by sending a link by mail, by marking the page via a specific extension or by copying a link into the clipboard. It is even possible to keep content from other applications such as Twitter or Flipboard.

  • Orange cloud (Android, iOS): your documents in the clouds

Orange offers 10 GB of free internet storage. What shelters 10 hours of video, or 4000 photos or 2000 mp3. The Orange Cloud also stores Office documents per thousand. Thanks to the Cloud, these documents can be accessed anywhere via a smartphone. The photos are viewable in full screen. You can listen to music and watch movies with a simple 3G connection. The Orange Cloud offers some sharing features powerful. You can post various documents on Facebook. You can open the cloud access to a friend via email. With your permission, your loved ones can themselves add photos to your Cloud. As a bonus, the cloud can automatically suck up images from your smartphone or tablet (starting in November). Note that, like all online services, Orange’s Cloud consumes a lot of data. To preserve its package, it is better to connect with Wi-Fi than with 3G. Orange’s Cloud is free, it offers 10 GB of space, against 5 GB for its competitor Dropbox. It would be wrong to deprive ourselves of that.

  • Evernote (iOS, Android, Web): Multimedia notebook

A must-have tool for taking notes, keeping them safe and synchronizing them on different devices regardless of their system (Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7, Windows and Mac OS X). You can create your note with text, a photo, sound, attach a file or a video, etc. the letters, which can be geolocated, can then be labeled, filed in a notebook and shared (on Facebook, by mail).

  • Orange WiFi (Android, iOS, WP7): The Simplified Wireless

But how do seniors connect to Wi-Fi? The first connection is a puzzle. You have to type in an endless security key without forgetting any capital letters. Sometimes you have to press a mysterious security button that opens the connection for a minute. Orange had a good idea to make this simple. Orange’s WiFi app takes the user by hand. At home, she tells him, step by step, how to connect to the Livebox internet box. It is far from useless because the procedure to follow changes according to the generation of the Livebox. Outside the home, Orange’s Wifi app is just as useful. It allows you to locate Orange Wi-Fi access points on a map. You can then log in with a click, without entering an identifier. Provided you are an Orange customer and enjoy unlimited Wi-Fi. You just have to download the app on your smartphone, in 3G rather than Edge, because it still weighs 8 MB.

  • I-enigma (iOS, Android): ultrafast decoder

With this application, barcodes and QR codes will no longer keep secrets from you. I-enigma deciphers them at a fantastic speed, even if they’re very complicated or not very clean. We barely have time to point at the camera’s photosensor to see the result. Depending on the type of code, you can then open a link in the browser, send an SMS, dial a phone number, or record contact in the address book.